Week 12 NFL Injury Report With Betting Advice
It certainly feels like we’ve been hit by more injuries in the 2015 NFL season than any other year. We probably felt similar a year ago, but maybe its the growing number of star players that have gone on the shelf that makes it so troubling.
A healthy and effective Peyton Manning hasn’t really existed at any point this year. Tony Romo has been reduced two two starts. Jamaal Charles, Steve Smith, Keenan Allen and Arian Foster suffered season-ending injuries and other star players like Julian Edelman, Drew Brees, Andrew Luck, Matt Forte and Alshon Jeffery have missed or will miss more time than we’re used to seeing.
Needless to say, the injury impact has been felt on a large scale, from weekly NFL betting to who will win season awards, to who might win it all. Before the season started, the odds suggested a Colts vs. Packers clash with Green Bay winning. Andrew Luck and Jordy Nelson may not be a part of that if it indeed does still manifest itself, while the state of both teams makes that title game showdown rather unlikely at the moment.
Week 12 brings a chance to pick through those injuries while looking at the bigger picture, but we still have to consider who is or isn’t available. Let’s take a look at the biggest injuries and how they may impact pro football betting this week:
Case Keenum, QB, Rams – Doubtful
Keenum started last week and wasn’t amazing, but he almost helped the Rams get a tough road win. He suffered a brutal concussion, though, and is almost certainly out this week. That means Nick Foles is back in the saddle and considering how inept he’d been before getting benched, it’s tough to like the Rams in any fashion against the Bengals this week.
Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seahawks – Out
Beast Mode is on the shelf for several weeks due to a groin issue, giving way to Thomas Rawls. Lynch really hasn’t been himself all year and Rawls has been a bit of a monster when given a full workload, so it’s unlikely the switch hurts Seattle much. It’s their suddenly shaky defense that needs to get it’s mind right when the Steelers come into town this weekend.
Devonta Freeman, RB, Falcons – Out
Freeman sustained a concussion last week and never got out of the league’s protocol, so he’s not playing this week. Tevin Coleman didn’t look amazing last week but he’s facing a pretty banged up Vikings defense and is at home. Atlanta still has a pretty good shot at winning a huge NFC clash.
Charcandrick West, RB, Chiefs – Doubtful
West is doing better after exiting last week’s win with a hamstring issue, but he’s still a shaky bet to suit up in week 12. Backup Spencer Ware crushing in his absence could have KC deciding not to rush their starter back. Either way, the Chiefs have a tough matchup with a strong Bills defense.
Frank Gore, RB, Colts – Probable
Gore has many ailments at the ripe age of 32, but said he’s “fine” and is fully expected to suit up this week. Ahmad Bradshaw has been helping to lighten his load anyways, so with or without Gore the Colts should get a little production out of the running back position. That won’t be why they lose if they fall to the Buccaneers.
Danny Amendola, WR, Patriots – Out
Amendola will miss week 12 with a mild knee sprain. With Julian Edelman out until the playoffs, the Pats wisely chose to rest their last remaining quality slot weapon. That leaves them rather short-handed for week 12, though, when they’ll take on a very good Broncos defense. Tom Brady and co. may have to win ugly again this week.
Jarvis Landry, WR, Dolphins – Probable
Landry has a tough matchup against the Jets but Miami still badly needs him and it sounds like he’ll try to give it a go. Miami has a good amount of bodies at receiver, so even if he’s limited they should be fine in the passing game. The real question is whether the Dolphins can run the ball effectively and stifle New York’s offense on the road.
Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos – Probable
Sanders is much better off after sitting out week 11 and is expected to suit up on Sunday versus the Patriots. He may still be a little limited but Brock Osweiler needs all the help he can get. His presence certainly helps Denver’s chances to upset the Pats, but New England is still the obvious favorite.
Michael Floyd, WR, Cardinals – Probable
Floyd reportedly “looked good all week” in practice after sitting out his week 11 game. He had been on a nasty tear (five touchdowns in past four games), but it’s pretty clear Arizona is a tough team to beat even when they don’t have all of their weapons. With or without a healthy Floyd, the Cards aren’t losing to the 49ers this week.
Travis Kelce, TE, Chiefs – Questionable
Kelce is another big name on the mend, but he still has a chance to play against the Bills this week. He’s another guy who has been banged up for most of the year but he should play.
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